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Broadsides are pieces of paper printed on one side, and they were issued to convey messages. Usually published without illustrations or downplaying them in favor of text and vignettes, broadsides were customarily posted in prominent locations for as many people as possible to see. They promoted sales of countless forms of merchandise, announced the arrival of new products, proclaimed when meetings would take place, reminded their readers of current events, and served a host of other purposes. Broadsides were an inexpensive way to reach a wide audience and were a major instrument for communicating before the development of mass media. Truly ephemeral in nature, broadsides were mostly intended for immediate use and then discarded

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The first printing of the Declaration of Independence was produced during the night of July 4, 1776, by printer John Dunlap.
Control Number NRBPA-21-42E123-USVCOOPER(21)-A
Media Textual records
Descr. Level Item
Record Group 21
Series 42E123
File Unit USVCOOPER(21)
Item A
Title Newspaper Broadside Filed in United States versus Thomas Cooper.
Dates 11/05/1799
Coverage Dates ca.08/12/1797-11/02/1799
Sample Record(s) Thumbnails of online copies (with links to larger access files)
Creating Org. United States. Circuit Court. Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Record Type/Genre Broadsides
Scope & Content The printed words of Thomas Cooper, editor of the "Sunbury and Northumberland Gazette," used as evidence against him in his trial for sedition. Within this document he dared to criticizes the then President of the United States, John Adams. The text also contains mention of Thomas Cooper's contacts with Joseph Priestley.
General Note The case file from which these documents originate is also referenced as United States versus Thomas Cooper, #21 April Session 1800.
See Also File Unit Description
Subject Ref. Alien and Sedition Acts
Access Unrestricted.
Use Restrictions None.
Items 1 item(s)
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